Months at home has meant the data collection parts of a PhD has been a little difficult. But with things finally opening up again, it’s great to get back into the swing of things. Hear from blogger Ellie King about her summer adventures doing data collection in museums.
The COVID pandemic has been very challenging for everyone in many ways. As doctoral students whose work keeps us relatively isolated in libraries and labs anyway, we have faced extra isolation and problems of access to research materials. But, as the UK moves out of lockdown restrictions, Giles Penman reflects on his time researching during…
Moving from second to third year of a PhD is a significant milestone on the PhD journey. Typically most PhD’s in the UK are around 3 years long and therefore the final year is a busy period! It can be a time of mixed emotions. Students may experience feelings of achievement alongside anxieties about deadlines,…
A PhD is a tough time for everyone, but we are determined to motivate you and prove that hard works always pays off. Our new post is about one PhD student’s rocky road to full funding…
Originally posted on January 18, 2017
All PhD students have to do an upgrade review. Read below for blogger Ellie’s top tips for your upgrade success.
Beyond the thesis submission for a PhD, research can be full of little wins and developments that send you on your way to becoming a subject expert. Hear from blogger Ellie King about the fears and joys of these things happening.
Picking up an increasingly heavier load may seem daunting. Going through a slow and tiring intellectual process like a PhD can also take its toll. In this blog post, our editor Lúcia shares her experience with weightlifting and explores how it can relate to her PhD journey so far.
The student-supervisor relationship is the most important of your PhD. Hear from blogger Ellie King about how best to manage this relationship and ensure that everyone gets the best from it.
The continuing restrictions of the lockdown in the UK have frustrated many and put a strain on wellbeing. But creative activities, such as drawing and painting, have a proven positive effect on wellbeing. Giles Penman discuss the benefits of drawing which he, University of Warwick Wellbeing Adviser Janet Winter and other research students encountered in an OnTrack session earlier this term.
As with anything, the key to a healthy PhD is an effective work-life balance. It is important to take pauses and breaks during your PhD to avoid burnout and so that you can enjoy what you do rather than viewing it as a liability. Manpreet Kaur discusses how she sprinkles breaks in her weeks and months.
Life as a researcher can be very hectic with long hours in the library or the laboratory. And after all that hard and tiring work it can be all too easy to reach for the takeaway menu or the ready meal. But Giles Penman discusses his experiences of cooking to relieve stress and promote health and wellbeing.
Lockdowns and social restrictions over the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic have been very isolating, particularly so for postgraduate researchers who often spend long periods alone studying at home. But Giles Penman discusses his positive experiences of looking after a pet while studying for his PhD.
Organising events is an art in itself. Because it deals with people and logistics, it means that you have to be flexible, agile, and attentive. It is also very stressful, but incredibly rewarding. Now, organising online events is a different beast altogether. Our blog editor Lúcia reflects on her experience organising a big online conference and what she took away from it.
The winter with its cold and bleak weather was hard amid the lockdown. But now, finally, the weather is becoming brighter, and spring is in the air. Giles Penman discusses his positive experiences of enjoying walking and photography in the sunshine.
While you may want to keep your head down and eyes focused on your research, blogger Ellie King talks about the benefits of becoming a rounded researcher, and some top tips on where to start.